Sunday, October 22, 2006

Washington Dulles IAD

Washington Dulles IAD

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Believe it or not, this is Washington Dulles airport at 12:05am...
I was the only person in the terminal for about 10 seconds as the other folks on the plane started to get off. Felt like a weird horror flick for a moment.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

VMware VI3 Certification Exam

Some of you may not know this but VMware recently released their new VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 certification exam.  Well, after going to the VI3 class last month I couldn't wait to take the test.  I figured hey, I have taken some of the roughest Microsoft Certification exams in the past so this should be a cake walk..... 

Wow was I wrong.  This was by far the most excruciating 90 min. exam I have ever taken.  In the end though, I passed!!!!!! 




So now I just have to wait the 4-6 weeks for the VCP welcome kit to come in.

Friday, October 13, 2006



Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Doesn't believe that I can put this on the website.... HaHaHa

Monday, September 11, 2006

Monday, July 31, 2006

Italian wedding soup?!

Italian wedding soup?!

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Ok. Not sure what I expected but this looks like a bowl of collards to me.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

How to kill a VMware ESX 3.0 Server



Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

How to kill a vmware host...

Hard shutdown 4 virtual servers while performing an unsupported vmotion.....

PSOD=purple screen of death

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

SQL tools

OK so I started a new job and the first assignment includes working with data in a MSDE database.  The one thing I have never liked about MSDE is the complete and utter lack of an admin tool like the "SQL Enterprise Manager" that comes with the other versions of SQL.


So I found this site:

Works just like Enterprise Manager!

OH and if you need to gather information from servers there is another site you might like to visit:

How NOT to steal a SideKick II

I posted a link to this back when it started.  It seems the saga is over and justice has been served...  Check out the NYTimes article.


There is more info on Evan's page:

Way to go Evan!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Floridian for EVER!!

That's right folks, I am back in good old FL!!!

 For those who don't know, I have officialy left NetBank, Inc. and now work for a consulting company doing Virtualization consulting.  My first job is in Philly and I leave out Sunday night.  Should be fun.  All of the phone numbers have changed so contact me via gmail for the new info.  Words can not describe how good it feels to be out of South Carolina.  We have some good friends up there but the stress from the job up there was just too much.  On top of that, my grandfather passed away a couple of months ago and Robin said that she felt it would be better if we both were back in town to help take care of my grandmother.  So now we are .5 miles away from Noggin! (don't believe what he says, he is happy) and a short drive away from my granny.  Oh, and TechnoDaddy is close by too!!!  Now we can have a serious poker night! :)

Well, that's all for now, I will put up pictures once all the boxes have been thrown away..  The new place has a pool even!

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Surveyor SRV-1 bot monitors your home on the cheap

 Hey John, you should do this to your robot… J

Filed under: Robots

If you have one of those floors that need very close monitoring throughout the day, the Surveyor SRV-1 is the robot for you. The little unit can crawl around your home at around one foot per second, and reports back on its surroundings with a miniature VGA camera. A 100 meter range Zigbee 802.15.4 wireless receiver is included to let the SRV-1 stream its findings to your computer and up onto the web, and you can control and monitor the bot with any major operating system or via a web browser. If you don't feel like taking manual control of SRV-1, he can do fine by himself driving around, navigating obstacles, and even communicating with others of his kind via IR. The best news is the price: at $375 for the bot, the charger and the wireless base station, SRV-1 shouldn't break the bank, and seems ready to provide some good times for the robot hobbyist within us all.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Flatulence Filter

I have SO got to have one of these….


Back when we worked in an office, trying to pass gas discretely when there were people around was the highlight of our day. Alas, more often than not, the keen nose of our coworkers would alert them to our rear-corridor escapades.

But, with the Flat-D odor absorbing pad under your buttocks, you'll be free to fart and fart 'til you get a chunker. The activated charcoal cloth pad sucks in all the smells that would normally contaminate the rest of the air.

Available now for $25.95.

Your Safe Chair [Flat-D via Core77]
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Horse Airbags

Give me a break!  Why not just live in an inflatable bubble?!?! 

We suppose this is eminently useful if you often ride the range in pursuit of the wild Jackalope or like to tip your ATV into the ravine of an evening. As we see, this is a wearable airbag that protects the neck, shoulders, front, and ass-bone, which is a medical term for the bone in your ass.

There is a wire that hooks to the animal or vehicle and pulls a key in the vest when you're thrown. The vests are refillable and quite handsome.

Product Page [MrTrailer]


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Want to set IT Policy in Exchange 2003 SP2 at a User level

I post this for me so I don’t forget.  The last paragraph talks about how to make individual exceptions to different settings so it’s not an all or nothing setting (like the only option available in the ESM). 

During MEDC a number of customers have asked me if it's possible to set Exchange 2003 IT Policies at a user level rather than at the Organization level.

You can actually do this and it is possible using XML.

It was actually documented by the Exchange team some time back now - few people are aware of it so I wanted to highlight it..... 


Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Riot Goo

I couldn’t resist posting this just because it has the word “goo” in it.  Hehe, he said goo.  Sorry I have been so quiet lately.  Been busy with work and life and have not had a bunch of free time. 

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas are apparently huge fans of The Ghostbusters. A recent patent filed by them shows a tank of goo carried backpack-like by riot police.

A hose extends from the tank to a nozzle, which when shot, combines a jet of water with a jet of dry powder into a single powerful stream of splurge that causes everybody in the area to fall down. Even cars are not immune as they go sliding faster than a Japanese drifter.

Any invention that calls for less bean bags shot to our face is a good one in our book.

Riot slimer [NewScientist]
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Thursday, March 2, 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

OK, so here goes.  It's like Paypal but works over your phone and SMS text messages.  Signing up is free and they even give you $5.  Oh, and there is a contest for a free Xbox 360 for referals so do me a favor and start by clicking the link... :)

SignUp at TextPayMe

Monday, February 13, 2006

Enabling Accelerated 3-D for a Virtual Machine

To enable a virtual machine for accelerated 3-D

I found this on the VMWare site while trying to figure out how to get GuildWars to run under a VM...   


1. Choose a virtual machine with Windows 2000 or XP guest operating system.

Note: Do not enable Direct3D on a virtual machine that is powered on or suspended.

2. Add the following to the configuration (.vmx) file for the virtual machine:

mks.enable3d = TRUE

This line enables accelerated 3-D on the host. It is required to support accelerated 3-D in the guest and also enables the host to accelerate 2-D portions of the guest display.

3. You may also add one or both of the following optional lines:

svga.vramSize = 67108864

This line increases the amount of VRAM on the virtual display card to 64 MB. Adding more VRAM helps to reduce thrashing in the guest. The maximum value is 128 MB.

vmmouse.present = FALSE

This line disables the absolute pointing device in the guest. Applications which require DirectInput relative mode need to turn off the absolute pointing device in the guest. In practice, this is only required for a certain class of full screen 3-D applications (for example, real-time games like first-person shooters).

Note: If you set the vmmouse.present option, you should also turn off the preference for motion ungrabbing in the Input tab of the Preferences settings dialog.

To turn off ungrabbing for vmouse.present:

a. Choose Edit > Preferences.

b. Click Input.

c. Deselect Ungrab when cursor leaves window.

Interseting Puzzle

Here is something I found today...

Monday, February 6, 2006

How to add your own Root Cert with a Cab File

For those of you with Windows Mobile 5 devices and Exchange 2003, I am sure you will find this of interest.  If you don't have a valid Verisign cert for your OWA server you will have already hit the brick wall of not being able to do over the air sync...


this will solve this problem...

Sunday, February 5, 2006



Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Our cat is feeling much better. She has heen sick for 6 weeks and we have been having to feed her through a tube in her neck. She started eating on her own this weekend.....

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Monster hand

Monster hand

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Robin won a monster hand tonight. This was her 7th full house along with some flushes and 3 of a kind. She is on a roll

Next hand

Next hand

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Robin wins again...

Monday, January 30, 2006

Try this out.

The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting
by the blue blocks or touching the black walls.

If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal. It's been said
the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They are expected to go
at least 2 minutes.

Give it a try but be is addictive!! The URL is

BBClone Integration

How to integrate Wordpress 2.0 and BBclone.
Modify wp-blog-header.php

//-- Insert BBclone Code from here @
define("_BBC_PAGE_NAME", get_bloginfo("name") . wp_title("/", false));
define("_BBCLONE_DIR", "/full/path/to/bbclone/");
define("COUNTER", _BBCLONE_DIR."mark_page.php");
if (is_readable(COUNTER)) include_once(COUNTER);
//-- @ to Here

require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . '/template-loader.php');


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

MPAA admits to unauthorized movie copying

This is WAY too funny.  I think they should sue themselves so that they go bankrupt and have to dissolve the organization! 

The MPAA gets caught doing what it warns consumers about: making unauthorized copies of a film. At least they didn't throw them up on BitTorrent.

[Ars Technica]

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Korea to introduce household bots to watch the kids, clean and order pizza

Uh, am I the only one that thinks this is creepy?  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have one, but I don’t think I would leave it alone with the kids, or the cats… 

Filed under: Robots

South Korea's Ministry of Information and Communications hopes to introduce a series of internet-connected household robots this October. The bots, according to the Ministry, will be able to perform such household tasks as cleaning, monitoring homes, reading to children, and ordering pizza via the Internet. The Korean government also plans to roll out robocops that can pursue suspects, and multi-legged or wheeled combat bots within the next five years. The bots will receive most of their commands via a wireless Internet connection, keeping costs down to as little as $1,000, and allowing a malevolent AI or evil scientist to completely take over the nation's network of robots at will.


The Sound Pillow: tampering with a classic

Info from someone who listens to his MP3 player while he sleeps, this is way cool!  I can never find a set of earbuds or headphones that don’t end up either falling out/off or hurting my ears.  Now, one would ask, why not just hook regular speakers up to it?  Well, the wife tends to not like my choice of music and tells me that it keeps her up or wakes her up in the middle of the night…  This might actually be worth trying…

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Household

Open letter to manufacturers of household products: Stop messing with the classic pillow design by trying to get all high tech and cutesy. That means no more MP3 playing pillows, no networked pillows for "communicating" with loved ones, no pillows that record us snoring, no pillows that indicate current surfing conditions, and definitely no pillows with artificial heartbeats. Chillows, however, are still allowed. That is all. Since we'll get in trouble if we don't mention the actual product here:  the Sound Pillow is just a regular pillow with embedded speakers and a stereo plug, designed by the UK's Royal National Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to sooth tinnitus sufferers (which actually makes it sound kind of useful, thus negating our whole introductory rant), and costing about $44.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Superstition, (Fri, Jan 13th)

I hope my buddy Bill does ok today.  I seem to recall that he has Triskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobia.  I think it is the first one but anyway, I guess I shouldn’t also mention that it should be a full moon tonight…..

Hack your 4GB iPod nano to 8GB?

Way cool!  But, if I had put out the dough to get an iPod, I would be afraid to break it open and start messin’ with it. 

Filed under: Portable Audio

We definitely absolutely positively cannot attest to the validity of efficacy of this hack, but word on the street is you can actually solder in a dead iPod nano's guts (namely the Samsung flash chips) to double that storage to 8GB on a formerly 4GB nano -- and the guy who's making the claims is also offering up his services to do so for a paltry $225 (which includes shipping, natch). Buyer / modder / hacker beware -- you know what they say about things seeming too good to be true. That said, anyone given it a go yet?

[Via hack a day]


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Good Enough For Frank

Hehe, I have to agree with Noded that this is the best blond joke ever.

An Umbrella That Makes Sense (We Think)

This would be cool but what they need is an umbrella that is surgically attached so I don’t leave it in the car when I go INTO the office….. 


Do you demand the dopest umbrella around with the ultimate rain-prediction technology? Look no further than the Forcasting Umbrella from Ambient Devices. Announced at CES, the Forcasting Umbrella does what every umbrella on the face of the earth should do: lets you know if it's going to rain. The umbrella is connected to Ambient's network and can automatically tell you the day's weather. If rain is near, the handle will glow blue meaning you should open Mr. Umbrella up and make haste to your car. This way, if you're leaving the office and aren't sure if you should drag the umbrella along with you, just look at the handle and you'll know what to do. No price has been set.

Forcasting Umbrella [Cool Hunting]

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Unintentially Geeky Joke In Apple's Share Price

This is funny.  I looked it up on yahoo: and it is true.  Too funny. 

Unless you're the sort of person who immediately recognized why the folks at Google originally sought to raise $2,718,281,828 in its IPO, you might want to just pass over this story. A reporter at noticed an extremely unintentional inside joke with Apple's closing share price today. On the very day the company officially announced its first Intel-based product, Apple's stock price closed at $80.86. If you don't get it, it's time to read up on your computer history. No, there is no way at all that this was intentional. However, that doesn't make it any less amusing.


Thursday, January 5, 2006